From its general demeanour, this mystery bird (plate 128, repeated here) must be a partridge. The striking head-and-neck pattern further points to one of the Alectoris partridges. This narrows the choice in the Western Palearctic to four. T h e Barbary Partridge A. barbara can quickly be discounted, having a grey-white face and throat and a white-spotted chestnut collar. The remaini

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